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Tucson officials welcome plan to investigate, mitigate PFAS contamination
PFAS are a group of widely-used, human-made chemicals that have been linked to health issues like cancer. Now, the Department of Defense is green-lighting investigations into sites that have been exposed to contamination.
Feb. 12, 2024
Packrats are pests, but also a prized Apache delicacy
Packrats are pests, particularly for car owners in and around the Valley. Yet this species is prized among Apaches in winter. And even an essential ingredient for their traditional diet.
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Feb. 12, 2024
Flagstaff to change zoning ordinance to allow for more housing
Flagstaff declared a housing emergency more than three years ago. Since then it’s looked at ways to actually increase the number of available houses.
Feb. 12, 2024
Flagstaff is booking musicians for summer festivities
It may be cold in the high country right now, but The Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance is looking ahead to summer and its 3rd Annual “Music on the Square” events.
Feb. 11, 2024
‘March to Oak Flat’ is still trekking along, a decade later
Annually organized by the nonprofit Apache Stronghold, this 48-mile, multi-day spiritual journey starting from the San Carlos Apache Reservation celebrates a decade, as tribal communities continue to oppose a massive copper mining project proposed on land deep within the Tonto National Forest.
Feb. 10, 2024
Arizona communities grapple with the cost of a green energy future — more mining
Copper and other minerals like it are used in everything from motors and cellphones to solar fields and electric vehicles. Now, domestic production is ramping up in an effort the Biden administration says will help meet green energy goals.
‘March to Oak Flat’ is still trekking along a decade later
Feb. 9, 2024
Navajos again ask for no human remains on moon
Navajo Nation president Buu Nygren met with NASA’s administrator recently to ask again that human remains not be landed on celestial bodies after a 2023 space mission.
Feb. 9, 2024
The border crisis is helping to mainstream a dangerous conspiracy theory
As the election year gets underway, a conspiratorial narrative typically circulated by fringe movements has come to dominate mainstream Republican discourse on immigration, extremism researchers warn.
Feb. 9, 2024
11 tribes are tied to the Grand Canyon. NPS wants all represented
Grand Canyon National Park generates nearly $1 billion annually from tourism, including tribal arts and crafts. National Park Service staff recently traveled to the Arizona Indian Festival to expand representation among those harder-to-reach tribal communities.
Feb. 8, 2024
2 Tucson facilities part of Defense Department list for contamination remediation
The Department of Defense will help fund investigations for two sites in the Tucson area thought to be connected to groundwater contamination issues that have plagued parts of the city for years.
Feb. 7, 2024
In Arizona, these young Native American voters seize their political power
NPR spoke with six young Indigenous-identifying Arizona voters to discuss what political parties need to do to win over their potentially election-deciding vote this November.
Feb. 7, 2024
Aid workers at border say theyre dealing with more vigilante groups
Aid groups helping migrants along the border say they’re dealing with an uptick in harassment from vigilante groups and far-right activists there.
Feb. 7, 2024
House GOP members head to AZ; Senate immigration bill fails to advance
he bill released Sunday proposed big changes to border and immigration functions — including a new mechanism to allow border officers to turn away migrants and asylum seekers if the number of arrivals gets too high.
Feb. 7, 2024
Northern Arizona hit with nearly 18 inches of snow in 24 hours, officials warn of avalanches
Coconino County officials are reminding people that the heavy snows now falling in northern Arizona could lead to possible avalanches in the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff.
Feb. 7, 2024
What Kari Lake doesnt like about the border deal
Republican Kari Lake is running against Rep. Ruben Gallego for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s seat. If Lake was in the Senate right now, she’d be among the senators opposed to this bipartisan border deal.
Feb. 7, 2024
Conservation group confirms 2 jaguar sightings in southern Arizona mountains
A conservation group with cameras set up along the U.S.-Mexico borderlands say they’ve confirmed new jaguar sightings there — marking the latest in a handful of sightings over the last few years.
Feb. 6, 2024
Asylum officers union says some changes proposed in Senate bill should not move forward
The union says the additional resources proposed in the bill are a welcome change, but curtails on asylum could conflict with international refugee law.
Feb. 6, 2024
Heavy snow expected in northern Arizona this week
Northern Arizona is buckling down as a major storm expected Tuesday threatens to deteriorate highway conditions.
Feb. 6, 2024
Diné jazz trumpeter Delbert Anderson performs in Scottsdale
Drawing inspiration from Diné melodies old and new, the Delbert Anderson Quartet brought its jazz, funk and groove-infused selections to Scottsdale on Saturday night.
Feb. 6, 2024
Mayes joins amicus brief in support of DACA program, Dreamers
Attorney General Kris Mayes is among a group of attorneys general who filed an amicus brief in support of DACA recipients and "Dreamers." The document was filed with the appeals court getting ready to hear the latest case against the Obama-era program.
Feb. 5, 2024